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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Recently Engaged: Katy & Remi

Goofy grins all around.

Posted on Tue, Feb 7, 2012 at 12:03 PM


Remi and I are both scientists working towards the completion of our PhD degrees. In February of 2011, we decided to go engagement ring shopping together. We picked out a style that we both liked, and the rest was up to Remi. Little did I know, that over the next two months, Remi had been meeting with a local jeweler to design a custom ring. Apparently, he had been saving money for the last 3 years to finally make this purchase. He picked up the ring in early April, however, I was literally working 24/7 for 6 weeks straight and it wasn't until I decided to take a Saturday off, that he decided to propose.

On that day, Remi had planned a picnic. After picking up some goods at the local farmers' market, we settled on a bench in Cornwallis Park. Even though the weather had started off nice, it quickly got cold out. Fortunately, we were just finishing up our picnic, and ask Remi knelt down to pack up his backpack, he pulled out a ring with a huge smile on his face! After a discussion of:

"You didn't."

(goofy nod)

"Are you going to actually say it?"

(goofy nod again)


(goofy nod, followed by)

"Will you marry me?"

And I said yes (of course). The ring was beautiful and fit perfectly. We are planning on getting married this June after being together 6 years. We are both looking forward to spending the rest of our lives together, and never having to plan a wedding again =).

*As told by Katy Garant

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Recently Engaged: Jennifer & Cecily

Proving wishes really do come true!

Posted on Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 4:03 PM


It was a beautiful Saturday spent with my family, including a lovely brunch and a trip to the beach. Cecily's parents were coming over to my parents house for supper to have a "belated birthday dinner" for her. I was nervous when we were walking at the beach that afternoon and Cecily advised me to chill out, all would be fine. Little did I know how nervous she was at that moment!

Later that evening, while I worried about the beer getting cold enough, quickly enough, both families, my siblings included, were in on the secret. At one point during supper, Cecily picked an eye lash off of my check and said "Make a wish!" Things had been going so well between us and there had been lots of planning for the future so I quietly wished that Cecily would ask me to marry her, thinking, sometime in the next year would be great! Imagine my shock when, 5 minutes later, Cecily stood up at the table and began speaking in a sweet and shy voice while reaching into her pocket!

Of course I would marry her!!! The room broke out into smiles and hugs, followed by champagne and cake. So lovely to share the moment with so many loved ones!

*As told by Jennifer Corning

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Recently Engaged: Gorica & Brent

Wined and dined.

Posted on Mon, Feb 6, 2012 at 3:36 PM

  • Photo by Brandy Hoyt

They say that the best way to a man’s heart is through his stomach. However, it proved to be the best way to ones woman’s heart.

Brent couldn’t help but notice Gorica at the Tower (Saint Mary's University Gym), where he worked out one semester. He never had a chance to officially meet her. Years later, Gorica went to a friend’s place not expecting anyone else to come over. Brent came over that evening, not expecting to see Gorica. When he saw her, his eyes lit up. This was the same girl from the gym and he finally had a chance to talk to her. She was smitten right away. He had to see her again and this time, he wasn’t going to let her go.

They decided to meet for supper and he made the most delicious lasagna she had ever tasted. No guy had ever cooked for her before, so she was very impressed. The next time they saw each other, he made his famous banana chocolate chip muffins.

“He can cook AND bake.” Gorica thought “This one is a keeper!”

This was almost 5 years ago and he has made her some of the most delicious meals since. He recently made her favourite meal for supper, followed by her favourite dessert. When she was full of delicious food and wine, he dropped down on one knee in the middle of the living room and asked her to marry him and make him the happiest guy in the world. He wine and dined her into the proposal - how could she ever say no to that!

They are getting married on June 16th, 2012.

*As told by Gorica Kurilic

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Thursday, January 5, 2012

Recently Engaged: Becka & Adam

Stranded on an island in Kejimkujik National Park.

Posted on Thu, Jan 5, 2012 at 9:00 AM

  • Photos by Adam Hartling

We love going camping together, so canoeing out to one of the backcountry sites at Kejimkujik National Park was something we'd been looking forward to all summer!

We started the 6km canoe to our site at the worst time of day, right when the waves were at their peak and coming straight at us. Becka - ever the adventurous one - got scared, so we had to take a break to wait for the wind to die down.

There we were, stranded on an island, only 1km in on our looming long trip. Becka was laying down with her head on Adam's lap, and he was thinking how happy he was stranded on an island with this beautiful girl he is so incredibly in love with... And so he said, "Well, this was all part of my master plan, to leave at the worst time of day, get you stranded on island, and ask you to to be my wife."

Becka was totally surprised and burst into laughter and tears, hugging Adam while he got the ring from his pocket. He asked "Will you marry me?" and forgetting to answer the question, Becka (still in near hysterics) blurted out "This is the happiest I've ever been!!" and put the ring on; finally saying "YES!!!"

We always have so much fun together, even when things don't turn out quite how we planned. And Adam always makes Becka feel better when she's scared of things like waves (or the dark, or coyotes/owls...)

We had a wonderful time camping that weekend, and believe it or not the wind died down after Adam's proposal and it was smooth sailing the rest of the day!

To be married September 1, 2012.

*As told by Becka MacKinnon

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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Recently Engaged: Amanda & Stephen

A wrapped-photo surprise Christmas proves to be very merry.

Posted on Wed, Jan 4, 2012 at 2:54 PM


Several weeks ago, I got out my Christmas decorations and dusted them off, complaining about their tackiness and sulking that I'd like to purchase "newer" and "better" decorations but that they were not in the budget this year. So to my surprise, I came home a few days later to see that my boyfriend decided to cheer me up by turning our picture wall, into a wall of wrapped presents. Think - HGTV, Martha Stewart kinda thing... it looked beautiful! I have to admit, I found it strange that he decided to do this in his spare time - not really a masculine hobby to be gift wrapping frames to enhance Christmas decor, but nonetheless thought that it was just one of the many wonderful things that he does to make me happy!

Fast forward to Boxing Day, when we had our own Christmas at home with just the two of us, and the dog of course! We had exchanged presents and I got some nice things from him... but it wasn't over! Stephen tells me that there were still a few other small presents for me - which were all the wrapped presents on the wall that he had done weeks ago. I was a bit confused, but he continues to explain that I now have to open all of the presents (aka: photo frames) because my gifts were behind the paper. I reluctantly open the presents/frames, not wanting to spoil the Christmas decor, but behind each frame is a new photo of special moments in our lives over the past year. He explains that he knew I wanted new photos on the wall and that he replaced them to remind us of all of the amazing times we have had together. Finally, I unwrap the last frame - not expecting it to be a new one because it is our favorite photo which we had taken in Dominican last year - it is also by far the largest frame. (This is the photo I attached) Inside the frame is a designed poster reading: "Amanda, will you make me the luckiest man in the entire world and MARRY ME?" So here I am - standing on the sofa with a giant framed poster in my hand COMPLETELY in shock - and Stephen is on the floor, down on one knee, ready to propose. AMAZING!

*As told by Amanda Edwards

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Recently Engaged: Erinn & Scott

Posted on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 4:00 AM

  • Photos by Fields Photography

This is the love story about a boy from Calgary and a girl from Halifax and how they met, fell in love and are now on the journey of the rest of their lives together.

Scott and I met in one of the most popular places in Halifax, Pizza Corner! I am happy to say that it wasn't a drunken episode but it did end up with us exchanging numbers and talking everyday from them on. Scott and I talked about marriage and a family from the beginning of our relationship, we have so much in common when it comes to our futures. So our proposal was't a huge shock but it was super sweet to say the least.

I love the ocean, the salt air, and growing up in Halifax. Scott use to come here on family vacations because his parents grew up in Dartmouth before moving to Calgary. Throughout our relationship we have spent a lot of time at the waterfront. We took long walks, had big talks and some of our most special moments as a couple there. One night after Scott got off work he asked if I would like to go for a walk down the waterfront. I wasn't particularly in the mood but went anyways. It was typical Halifax night, foggy, enough to make my hair nice and frizzy! So we walked along the boardwalk reminiscing about the days of our childhood and we came across the ship playground. And we started to walk towards it, discussing our memories of playing there. After we reached the top of the ship, we stood looking out, alone on the playground and the waterfront. Scott turned towards me and went down on one knee. At first I thought he was joking but then he expressed his love for me and asked me to marry him and without a doubt I said yes!

We are having are wedding here in Halifax in 2013 and can't wait for the big day!

*As told by Erinn Gay

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Friday, December 9, 2011

Recently Engaged: Andrea & James

After one park proves to be too crowded, Oakfield Park saves the day!

Posted on Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 9:00 AM


When James suggested that we take a stroll in Laurie Park one Friday afternoon, I thought it was a lovely, wholly unsuspicious suggestion. The park had, after all, just been renovated and I was eager to see the changes. It was a great idea that was shared by just about everyone within a 50km radius of the park. James didn't want to propose with a crowd, so after carefully steering me towards several areas that wound up being occupied by swimmers, fishers, and campers, he gave up and suggested we go to nearby Oakfield Park instead. I nixed that idea, saying it would be ridiculous to leave one perfectly good park just to drive to another, and that is how I unknowingly postponed my own proposal.

The following Monday after work, it was another gorgeous day and we went to Oakfield Park to take in the scenery. James seemed strangely delighted to find the park mostly deserted, and I did think it odd that he was miffed to find yet more fisherman occupying a secluded area of the beach along the trail. When we found ourselves alone at last on a trail along the lake, he took the opportunity to grab my hand, spin me around, present me with a ring and ask me to marry him. After many years of happily dating, I didn't have to think long before answering "Yes!"

Luckily I always have at least one camera in my purse at all times, so I was able to take a photo just 15 minutes after the proposal. I think it captures the mood well, and now Oakfield Park will always have a special place in our hearts! Sorry, Laurie Park, you had your chance!

*As told by Andrea Cameron.

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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Recently Engaged: Jenny & Joe

The best birthday surprise.

Posted on Thu, Dec 8, 2011 at 4:00 AM


Jenny and I met at work. It was love at first sight. We started out as friends and as we got to know each other, we decided to start dating. Jenny stole my heart from the beginning and after our first kiss, I knew she was keeping it. We have now been together for a little over 3 years and have been virtually inseparable ever since.

I had known for awhile that I was going to propose, but was trying to decide the how and the when. I had a few ideas rolling around in my head, but the picture attached is the one I decided to go with. I purchased the ring a few weeks prior to Jenny's birthday after searching high and low for what she had selected as the perfect one. I ordered a cake and provided the bakery with the measurements for the box. When it came time to bring in the cake, Jenny's two beautiful children, Brooke and Bryce, helped me carry the cake and a dozen roses into the kitchen singing "Happy Birthday". We placed the cake on the table for Jenny to read. She opened the box to complete the question and the birthday surprise.

We're getting married September 22, 2012.

*As told by Joe MacDonald

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Recently Engaged: Andrea & Mike

A fairy tale first date makes the perfect wedding location.

Posted on Mon, Dec 5, 2011 at 4:21 PM

  • Photos by Cheri Russell Brown

After both of us coming out of bad relationships and moving to Nova Scotia, we found each other. Originally from New Brunswick, I (Andrea) was living in Northwestern Ontario when I got an opportunity to move to the South Shore of Nova Scotia for work... I leapt at the chance and packed up my dog and arrived in July 2010. Mike, originally from BC but living in New Brunswick working for the Canadian Air Force, was posted to Halifax to work for the navy and he arrived in July 2010.

After settling in we both realized something was missing... and signed up for an online dating website. I was the one to make first contact, it was a Thursday we chatted back and forth before he admitted he didn't like to chat and would I be open to him calling me. We talked on the phone for an hour. Friday evening came along, and we talked on the phone again for hours, we then made a plan to meet on Sunday. Mike drove down to Lunenburg on his motorcycle, and we met on the waterfront. Our first date was perfect! We toured the Fisheries Museum, had lunch in Mahone Bay,and ended up at Cresent Beach were we just walked along the beach and talked about everything. There were even two horses that were on the beach that day... just like a fairytale! I joked with him when I was getting on his motorcycle before he rode off into the sunset, I have a friend waiting for me to call her when I got home, and if I didn't call then she was calling the police! Our first date ended with plans to meet up the next weekend.

The second date was just as memorable as the first. Mike bought my dog a treat as an offer of good faith... Marley (the dog) woofed down the treat, and then was sick all over the floor! After he was calm about that happening I knew he was a keeper. Our first few months were hard with Mike away a lot with work. But in December of 2011 he told me he wanted to show me something that he picked up when he was away... he got something out of the drawer and then got down on his knee and told me that he loved me and wanted to spend the rest of his life with me... I said yes!

We are getting Married June 23, 2012 at the Fisheries Museum in Lunenburg where we had our first date.

*As told by Andrea James.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Recently Engaged: Chelsey & Brock

She forgot the tripod, but they still got the perfect picture.

Posted on Tue, Nov 29, 2011 at 10:34 AM


In November 2009 Brock asked me out on our first date. We went to Rainbow Haven, where he made an impressive bonfire and we laughed hysterically all night. A couple of months later, on New years Eve, he asked me to be his girlfriend while confetti and balloons fell from the ceiling at exactly midnight. Such a heart-warmer he is. Fast forward almost two years of attending different universities, working multiple (four) jobs to pay for it, so many laughs, millions of pictures, him opening every door for me, buying a goat and pug together, rarely missing Sunday church or a football game together and it brings us to October 2011.

It had been raining for a week straight and wasn't showing any signs of stopping, when Brock asked if on Sunday we could go to the Look Off in the Annapolis Valley and take pictures. Of course we went, rain boots and sandwich bag shelter for the camera. Half way to our destination he realized I had forgotten the tripod for the camera at home, I replied "It's okay, it's not as if we're going to look back on today and say 'Jeepers, remember that day you forgot the tripod?' we'll be fine..." Yeah, I haven't lived that down yet. We arrived at the Look Off, where you can see the entire valley, it was beautiful. We took a couple crooked self-timer pictures in the pouring rain and laughed the whole time. Finally, in our last picture, he dropped to one knee and proposed. The picture is a perfect way to relive the moment I said yes.

Our wedding date will be June 1, 2013.

*As told by Chelsey Lightfoot.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

Recently Engaged: Karen & Brian

"Dowry paid, let's get married!"

Posted on Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 2:41 PM

  • Photos by Kelly Martell Photography

About two years ago the parent-in-laws were teasing me about when I would tie the knot with little lady. Thinking myself to be clever (and buying me a little time), I responded with the idea that I required a dowry of one goat. Eventually the wine flowed and the topic was dropped.

Almost a year and a half later, my fiance's mother came home, took my hand and opened it and placed a small plastic toy goat in my hand. I guess they had spent all this time looking for this goat with no luck and eventually gave up hope. A friend of the family who, had heard the story, was in NY and found the tiny goat in time square at a toy store. With that I yelled out through the house to Karen that "I guess we were getting married shotgun style" (goat style? does that work?).

Either way the plans are well on there way and we are very happy... the goat is invited to the wedding and will have a special place at the head table. Also we did eventually find a real goat.

*As told by Brian Larter.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Recently Engaged: Chrissy & Francisco

From rock bands to wedding bands.

Posted on Tue, Nov 8, 2011 at 4:47 PM


Francisco and I met here in Halifax when his band was touring. Franc attended NSCAD and became the drummer for a local band Scribbler. The sparks flew when we met and spent an entire night at the seashore talking. Franc asked me to join his new band, The Free Mansons and we went on tour down the eastern seaboard. It was an exciting time, and at the conclusion of the tour Franc proposed to me on that same seashore.

Our wedding will be July, 14th at Oceanstone Inn, just a few minutes away from our little seashore.

*As told by Christine King, with edits.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Recently Engaged: Alison & John

A comedy of errors or the perfect proposal?

Posted on Wed, Aug 3, 2011 at 3:51 PM

When you think “proposal”, what pops into your mind? For me, it used to be a romantic dinner, a bended knee, flowers perhaps. Our engagement story didn’t exactly turn out like that. I suppose you could call it romantic comedy, with an emphasis on the “comedy” part.

On the weekend before my 30th birthday, I had a feeling John might propose. It’s not a surprise by any stretch, as we’ve known since we met that we wanted to marry each other and have a family together. Yet for some reason, I thought he was planning a surprise birthday proposal. After dinner with my family, we went to our house for cake and gifts. My mom looked absolutely giddy and I thought to myself, they know something I don’t know! Just seconds later, John asks me to close my eyes and I open them to a blue mountain bike with a bow on it. I smiled, thanked him for the bike and even sat on the seat for a picture. Looking at the picture now the disappointment was obvious. I was wrong, there wasn’t going to a birthday proposal after all!

On Wednesday, my actual birthday, I got a call from John telling me he’d broken his nose playing soccer. When I got home to see him, our poor cat (rest her furry soul) had peed all over our new couch. We’d rolled up every rug as precaution and even put plastic sheeting over the couch, but it didn’t work. She’d gotten under the plastic and peed on it anyway. John, with two Kleenex shoved up each nostril and blossoming raccoon eyes, looked at me in utter dismay. Our cat was so sick and we knew we’d have to put her down very soon. We pet her, cleaned her up and tearfully began scrubbing the couch.

After the clean up, John went to rest and I brought him some ice for his nose. On the bed, looking so tired and sore, and he said “Happy Birthday!” and we both started to laugh. Little laughs at first that turned to tears-streaming-down-face silliness. He handed me an envelope, and inside I discovered a list called “Things I love about Alison”. I read it, loving this little birthday treat amidst a hellish day. On the bottom it said, “Turn me over” and on the back was a picture of a ring (my ring) with the words “Will you marry me?” written below it.

I laughed. I cried. I forgot to say yes for the first 15 minutes. And then the full story came out. John had asked my parents months ago for their permission to propose. They said yes, of course, and John ordered me a custom engagement ring to be made by an independent jeweler in Ontario. But the ring hadn’t arrived. He’d been waiting all along for this ring before he proposed, and at the last minute decided to propose on my birthday anyway… ring or no ring.

This may not be what most would envision as a romantic engagement by any means, but we still laugh about it all the time and it’s a story I’m sure we’ll tell our children and grandchildren someday. A story about cat pee, broken noses and above all else, love.

Our wedding is August 20, 2011.

*As told by Alison Dixon.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Recently Engaged: Julia & Justin

She moved out west for work, came home with a fiance.

Posted on Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 4:09 PM

  • Photos by Patricia Sampson

Nearly 3 years ago Julia decided it was time for a change. She moved out west thinking she would come back with new experiences and cash in her pocket. She never considered she'd be coming back with a husband & baby on the way. Soon after arriving at camp Julia & Justin were set up on a blind date by bridesmaid Gill & groomsman Kris. PLEASE NOTE: A "date" in Firebag consists of going into Fort McMurray to hit up the Walmart, followed by a romantic dinner at Montana's. This was apparently all the romance they needed as they were soon inseparable. They have been growing better together ever since; supporting each other through the trials and triumphs of career changes, going back to school, buying a home, 2 crazy dogs, long distance, table saw finger amputations, and now the pending addition of Little Baby Cameron.

They plan to marry on August 20, 2011.

*As told by Julia Robertson.

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Recently Engaged: Sophie & Todd

Skiing in Rossland, BC: a snowstorm spoils the view but not the proposal.

Posted on Mon, Jan 31, 2011 at 4:00 PM


My fiancée proposed with 10 ft red letters on the side of a mountain; unfortunately a snow storm blocked the view!

Last spring, Todd took me backcountry skiing in Rossland, BC. All morning he was hoping the snow would stop, an abnormal request in a ski town! The previous day Todd had skied through the mountains with a dye pack to write a note in the snow and his efforts were covered, although he had photographed the evidence. When we got to the top of Mt. Roberts it was still snowing hard and visibility was poor, so Todd got his camera out to “show me the view”. What I saw was "SOPH MARRY ME" written in the snow with dye on the next mountain over. The next thing I knew he was on one knee with a black diamond ring he had custom designed.

We skied down the black diamond powder run as an engaged couple! It was quite the day!

*As told by Sophie Cross, with edits.

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